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Halt - don't come any closer!!!


Posted by Swissblad on Fri Oct 15, 2021 8:40 pm

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Artic Skua / Parasitic jaeger  (Stercorarius parasiticus)

Varanger Peninsula, northern Norway.

Even though their intentions are clear that we are not to approach any closer, this artic skua pair were quite tolerant towards our dog (on a long lead), whereas they drove a passing herd of reindeer away.

An oldie reprocessed with the current version of Topaz Denoise.

Nikon D5, Nikkor 500mm f4.0, TC17EII

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by david fletcher on Sat Oct 16, 2021 1:13 am
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Excellent behaviour caught here Sinuhe. Would imagine they see the Reindeer as in the pest category.
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by Swissblad on Sat Oct 16, 2021 10:23 am
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david fletcher wrote:
Excellent behaviour caught here Sinuhe. Would imagine they see the Reindeer as in the pest category.


Since these Skua's make their nest in the tundra, the are probably worried that the Reindeer in their quest for food are likely to inadvertently damage their nest and destroy their clutch of eggs.

They are truly magnificent flyers, and as implied by their name, absolutely parasitic in pirating food from gulls etc.
 

by Axel Hildebrandt on Sat Oct 16, 2021 12:35 pm
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Great find and setting, thanks also for the explanation!
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by Carol Clarke on Sat Oct 16, 2021 3:28 pm
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Great behaviour capture and explanation with good action poses - and I love the scattering of tiny blue wildflowers brightening up the tundra setting. Well done!

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by Mary Brun on Sun Oct 17, 2021 1:36 pm
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A remarkable shot very well told, I love the depth of field chosen.
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by Swissblad on Sun Oct 17, 2021 7:23 pm
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by John Meade on Tue Oct 19, 2021 12:50 pm
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I really like the small purple flowers in the foreground and the line of blue in the background. It gives a sense of the beautiful location.
 

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